Are you enmeshed and fully engaged in your life and work right now? Being so can be a positive state and also, at times, a negative one. You may see yourself as active, vital and committed to your life and work – good for you! What happens, however, when your life and work entangle you in dramas, doubts, fear or uncertainty? At that point, you may want to detach a bit so you can regain your perspective.
Ways to detach include: getting to a place where you are alone, bringing your emotions back in from being all over the place, thinking about what is going on, observing rather than participating, reminding yourself of your values and reaffirming your confidence in yourself.
Detachment empowers you. Balance engagement with detachment and you will be better for it.
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Your skill as a communicator has a lot to do with understanding what goes on beneath the surface of an interaction you have with another person. Each person has hidden factors – emotions, fears, conditionings, negative experiences – that affect their interactions with others, as do you. These hidden factors can have a major impact on how you interact.
It may not be possible to readily identify these hidden factors in another. However, your awareness that they exist creates a “knowing” that goes beyond the surficial aspects of an interaction, helping you to stay away from negativity or friction. Try some observing of your communications with others. See if you can develop awareness of any hidden factors that are present. Examine the hidden factors that affect your interactions with certain people. In doing so, you will develop an awareness that you did not have before and your communication skills will sharpen and grow.
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Knowing how to plan and direct your way through your workplace culture is essential to your success. “Doing your job” is not about performing tasks alone. You have to navigate personalities, emotions, workplace values, hidden agendas and rules, as well as assure your own path to career success.
When you widen your focus, you can see all the elements at play in your workplace. Tunnel vision or putting on blinders will not benefit you. You need to navigate obstacles, changes, threats and surprises, at the same time that you get your work done. Successful navigation is aided by developing your emotional intelligence, keeping your eyes and mind open, observing workplace culture and the actions of others, building your skill base and finding the root causes of any problems or setbacks you encounter.
See yourself at the helm of your career ship and set your course in the direction that best serves you!
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A new year holds your hopes, dreams and intentions. You have an opportunity to shape 2020 into what you want it to be. Take a moment now to vision the 2020 that you want to create. Hold that vision and make it a reality over the year ahead.
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This is it – the last day of the year. How are you spending it? At work? At play? In reflection?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself, as you leave 2019 behind:
• What have I accomplished?
• What did I do right?
• What was my biggest challenge?
• What did I learn?
• How has my perspective shifted from 2018?
• What do I want to bring with me into 2020?
• What do I want to leave behind?
• What is left incomplete or unsaid?
• What am I grateful for?
Thank you for reading The Managers Hub in 2019. I am grateful for you!
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Awareness: knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
You may not think of awareness as a work skill. It is an important one. When you are aware of your self and your surroundings you can respond to people and situations in ways that align with your values and needs and promote common goals. When you are unaware, your values, needs and goals can go unheeded because you are in the dark.
One way I became more aware was when I met my husband Ermanno. I was a New York City girl and although I always valued the natural world, I often did not slow down within it. My husband was much more attuned to and aware of nature. We would be driving in the country and he would say “there’s a hawk” or “look at the light”. I gradually became much more aware of my surroundings in the natural world, instead of quickly passing through and taking only parts of it in.
In your career and your life, it is a big plus to cultivate your awareness of people, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, key elements of your particular professional field, levels of communication and things that lie below the surface of your work environment. Cultivating your awareness moves you closer to excellence and , ultimately, success.
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The goals you set for a new year need fuel to keep them going. One thing that is very effective in fueling your goals is inspiration. However, you don’t pick inspiration up on a shelf like a commodity. Inspiration starts within and requires your attention. As 2020 nears, it behooves you to give some thought to creating sources of inspiration to keep your goals and achievements going all year.
Do you know your sources of inspiration? Are they quiet time, your mind, your emotions, outside encouragement, structure, visioning the achievement of your goals or anticipating the rewards of your work? Before the year ends, identify the sources of your inspiration. List them along with your goals and nurture them regularly.
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Sometimes you stay in place. There can be good reasons for doing so. Staying in place has its advantages. You can take a longer look, make a deeper dive, and think something out. At a certain point, however, you want to get back in motion. Staying in place too long can stagnate your progress.
What’s your level of activity right now? Are you stalled, productively in place or in motion?
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I was speaking with someone today who was in the midst of a major refocusing in his life. There was no tragedy or destruction, just major change that warranted rethinking of his life and work.
Change can come and, like a whirlwind, shake things up. Journeys are interesting and unpredictable. Change comes when it is meant to come and does not await an invitation.
If a whirlwind enters your life or work, acclimate to it and find your new center. Once you do, look around. Your life and work may be better than ever!
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Sometimes, what you would rather not have in your life creeps in without your noticing. Here are some things to take stock of, as we end the year, so that you can release what no longer serves you:
• energy drains
• “dramas” at work that you are better off without
• things you have been procrastinating on that would make your life or work better
• dreams you could be acting on, but are not
• time you may be wasting
• relationships that you are better off ending
• stressors that you are not addressing
How many of these exist for you? Are you ready to quantify them and say “so long” as we end 2019?